Oh sweet guy, we were so excited this time last year. Thanksgiving had just passed and we had been blessed with the news of our court date! I remember going around the Thanksgiving circle at dinner time and being amazed that our journey was finally here. All the prayers and tears and imagining your little face, all that was finally subsiding and the end was in sight. Daddy and I left your sisters (which was really hard since Lyd, Lyd was not even a year yet) and boarded a plane to headed for Addis Ababa. We had awful travel and got delayed in Atlanta and in Germany. It made our trip there last more than 24 hrs. By the time we finally got to Ethiopia we had missed a nights sleep and still were 7 hrs off due to the time zone. We were given the option to go straight to Shalom Orphanage and meet you or to rest and go for the afternoon session. Of course we went to see you! Your little sleepy face was not in the mood to meet us. You were not interested in playing or smiling and I thought, "Ought Oh, this might be harder than I imagined". You allowed us to finally play with you and hold you only if you good friend was near by. Our court trip to Ethiopia had some unexpected glitches and caused us to only wait longer until you came home. But I know now that God was only giving you and us the little extra time needed to make our adjustment easier. You couldn't have done better getting use to our family.
JP, I'm so glad you came into our lives. The path that led us to you was unusual and different than most other little boys but no less special. Your sensitive and charming way just compliments your sisters perfectly. You have the most mischievous smile and your charisma is contagious. We love you and couldn't imagine our family without you. Here's a few pictures from last years court trip
Mommy had just gotten off the plane in time to meet you!
Mitin, your special friend that never left your side. I pray the Lord keeps you two in touch over the years. Mommy will do all she can to make sure you have this connection.
So happy to finally meet the staff in Ethiopia that made your adoption possible
Addis Ababa from our guest house window
Our last visit with you before having to come home. Look at that cute, little handsome face.